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Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy | [Vincent Bugliosi]

Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

Polls reveal that 85 percent of Americans believe there was a conspiracy behind Lee Harvey Oswald. Some even believe Oswald was entirely innocent. In this encyclopedic, absorbing audiobook, Vincent Bugliosi shows how the public has come to believe such lies about the day that changed the course of history. Bugliosi has devoted almost 20 years of his life to this project, and is determined to show that, despite the overwhelming popular perception, Oswald killed Kennedy and acted alone.
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Polls reveal that 85 percent of Americans believe there was a conspiracy behind Lee Harvey Oswald. Some even believe Oswald was entirely innocent. In this encyclopedic, absorbing audiobook, Vincent Bugliosi shows how the public has come to believe such lies about the day that changed the course of history.

Bugliosi has devoted almost 20 years of his life to this project, and is determined to show that, despite the overwhelming popular perception, Oswald killed Kennedy and acted alone.

The brilliant prosecutor of Charles Manson and the man who forged an ironclad case of circumstantial guilt around O. J. Simpson in his best-selling Outrage, Bugliosi is perhaps the only man in America capable of "prosecuting" Oswald for the murder of President Kennedy. Reclaiming History is a narrative compendium of fact, ballistic evidence, reexamination of key witnesses, and common sense. Every detail and nuance is accounted for, every conspiracy theory revealed as a fraud upon the American public.

Bugliosi's irresistible logic, relentless pursuit of the truth, and command of the evidence shed fresh light on this American nightmare, providing a new understanding of what did and did not happen in Dallas on November 22, 1963. At last we know what really happened. At last it all makes sense.

©2007 Vincent Bugliosi. All rights reserved; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"Vincent Bugliosi is an American master of common sense, a punishing advocate and a curmudgeonly refreshing voice of reason....With this work, Bugliosi has definitively explained the murder that recalibrated modern America. It is a book for the ages." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

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    David Taoyuan HsienTaiwan 06-03-07
    David Taoyuan HsienTaiwan 06-03-07
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    "Entertaining Defense of Warren Report"

    This is a minute by minute recounting of what happened that horrible day in Dallas as reconstructed from the Warren Commission Report and reliable sources since. The narration was terrific, but the content was somewhat disappointing. At times it sounded like a "We Were There" historical-fiction book. To those familiar with Bugliosi's previous works, it is not as devastating and persuasive as say his other book, Outrage -- the magnificent deconstruction of the OJ trial.

    Nevertheless, Bugliosi is one of the finest legal minds in the US today. This book will be scorned and largely discounted by all those who have already invested a lot of reputation in asserting that Kennedy was murdered by a group of conspirators.

    14 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Nicola Davis, CA, USA 05-16-09
    Nicola Davis, CA, USA 05-16-09
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    "JFK assasination through the eyes of a prosecutor"

    Bugliosi analyzes the JFK assassination using as if it were a simple murder investigation basing his conclusions on facts and not speculation. He lays out a complete time line of the day of the murder, provides motives and evidence for Lee Harvey Oswald being the lone assassin, and shows that conspiracy theorist often rely on long debunked false information on which to base their outlandish claims. The only complaint is that the audio book is abridged.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Art MARATHON, TX, United States 05-29-13
    Art MARATHON, TX, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2015
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    "There was no conspiracy"
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    After believing for over 45 years there was a conspiracy to kill president Kennedy, I got this book. It debunks all the B S theories that Oliver Stone, Jim Garrison, and Robert Groden profess, as well as all of the other hack writers that keep the conspiracy theories going for money. Plain common sense with these facts make it so obvious that Oswald acted alone and Ruby acted alone. I was 9 years old when this happened, and finally I know the truth.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Schweitzer Saskatchwean, Canada 04-25-15
    Simon Schweitzer Saskatchwean, Canada 04-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    I like conspiracy theories although I don't often buy into them so usually I would be more inclined towards that kind of book. This is not the kind of book but out was very very good. If you are interested at all in the jfk assassination this is required reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth WOODBRIDGE, CT, United States 04-19-15
    Kenneth WOODBRIDGE, CT, United States 04-19-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Voluminous and Detailed, but Highly Biased"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Reclaiming History to be better than the print version?

    I have no way of knowing this.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Vincent Bugliosi? Why or why not?

    Yes, but with no faith in his objectivity


    Have you listened to any of Edward Herrmann’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    In progress (Teddy Roosevelt but Doris Kearns Goodwin)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    In the first part of his book, Bugliosi provides a fast paced, detailed narrative of the official Warren Report version of the JFK assassination. Unfortunately, the rest of the book exposes his huge bias in favor of the official version, and his equally huge contempt for anyone who does not wholeheartedly accept that version. His bias causes him to do exactly the same thing that he castigates the conspiracy theorists for doing: cherry-picking any evidence that supports his theories while ignoring or dismissing everything else. He also raises several issues that he then ignores, including: 1). The assassin on the 6th floor was staring intently at the grassy knoll until shortly before taking his firing position as the motorcade came around the corner; 2). The "escape" route by Oswald that initially took him a number of blocks in the opposite direction from his boarding house; 3). the mysterious phone calls to law enforcement officials warning that Oswald would be killed shortly before Oswald was actually killed; 4). The FBI's destruction of a letter from Oswald. Moreover, he oversimplifies the possibilities, concluding that because there was no evidence of a government conspiracy, then there could have been no conspiracy of any origin, and that because one bullet hit JFK in the rear of his head, then no other shots could also have been fired from the front. Furthermore, he blindly trusts the completeness and veracity of all testimony and evidence from every government source while making the gross blunder of repeatedly confusing the "absence of evidence" with "evidence of absence" in his numerous assertions that no relevant facts could possibly remain hidden for fifty years. So anyone who wants a good overview of the official version of the JFK assassination should simply listen to the first part of this book and skip the rest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 01-09-15
    Richard 01-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Extremely convincing case that Oswald acted alone"

    The best part was the last chapter. He goes through 32 reasons why Oswald had to be the lone assassin who acted alone. At least 10 of these reasons are 100% proof that it couldn't have been any other way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Looky Lou Boston MA 09-26-14
    Looky Lou Boston MA 09-26-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Totally engrossing"

    An incredibly well-researched book, lucidly laid out.

    If you subscribe to conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy, this book is not for you. However, if you want a detailed account of the movements of the various individuals involved in the shooting -- this is the definitive account, short of going through the Warren Commission Report.

    I must confess that I lost interest in the last third of the book because it deals with rebutting the various conspiracy theories. This is in now way the author's fault -- conspiracy theories bore me.

    I recommend pairing this book with William Manchester's Death of a President which largely deals with the assassination from the point of view of the victim and his family, friends, and aides. Vincent Bugliosi's Reclaiming History is more of a crime procedural in that it devotes a great deal of time to the event, pursuit, and apprehension of the assassin. The result of this pairing is a vivid portrait of a shocking and confounding event that has managed to leave an indelible mark on the American psyche.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Chapel Hill, NC, United States 04-28-14
    Thomas Chapel Hill, NC, United States 04-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    all i can say is the logic in this book is unassailable. extremely thorough, obviously opinionated and "one sided", but hard to argue against.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jaime toluca, Mexico 12-26-13
    Jaime toluca, Mexico 12-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great and well documented point of view."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Reclaiming History to be better than the print version?

    Not really. After all no graphic material is required to achieve the noel of the author.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. It was hard to end a chapter without thinking on what the next one will say.


    Which character – as performed by Edward Herrmann – was your favorite?

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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pat 12-17-13
    Pat 12-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Do you Believe in the Conspiracy?"

    This book outlines the details and opinions of the lone gunman theory. A must read for anyone wh actually believed in the conspiracy and now changed my mind. Read it with an open mind. It'll be worth your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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